Print Stop Frequently Asked Questions
What does “Print Ready” mean?
Print Ready means that the design and layout are complete, and there are no adjustments or corrections to be made. While we can provide some suggestions from a production standpoint, we do not Provide design services.
Where can I get design assistance?
If you are in need of a design from scratch or help on an existing project we can refer you to our campus resources.
- Faculty and Staff at UNC Departments should talk to our friends at UNC Creative.
- Representatives of student organizations should talk to our friends at Carolina Union Communications & Creative Services.
How long will it take to have my project printed?
We attend to orders on a first come, first serve basis, from the time we have print ready material to work with. We try to complete all projects in as timely a manner as possible.
Production time is dependent on several considerations. Your specific project will have a lot to do with it. A stack of basic copies will not take as long as will something requiring tabs, special paper types, collating, and binding. Please allow sufficient time. We keep a large variety of materials in stock, but may still need to order something particular. Be sure to allow time for the unexpected.
Can I get that “Full Bleed”?
This term gets used a lot, often incorrectly. Full bleed means that the finished product has pigment or an image going all the way to the edge. Unless specifically specified any submitted image will have a small border on all four sides. Asking that a printed image be cut to the edge may achieve the same finish but is more prone to error in the cutting process. It is not a true Full Bleed layout. To achieve a full bleed finish, the image is printed on an oversized sheet of media, and then cut to the finished size. A true Full Bleed layout has excess pigment or image area that extends beyond the cut line. If one wants a finished size of 8.5″ X 11″, with a Full Bleed, the object should be designed such that it is 9″ X 12″, for example. Please note that we do not normally stock 9″ X 12″ media so this will have to be ordered. If you want a full bleed finished product, you must design it as such.
Poster Printing FAQs
What kinds of paper and printing do you offer?
We offer black & white and color printing on your choice of matte paper, or photo paper with either a satin or glossy finish. Printing is $3.95/sq ft. We also offer lamination and foam core mounting. Please contact us for your specific project.
How long does it take to print a poster or a banner?
We pride ourselves on completing each order as quickly and efficiently as possible, but please allow us 24 hours to ensure the quality of your poster. It may take longer if your document is not formatted correctly.
How big can it be?
One side of your poster or banner must be 42″ or less. The other side can be up to 10 feet long (Depending on file type).
What file format should I use?
We prefer to print from .PDF, but can also print properly formatted Microsoft Publisher or Power Point documents, as well as Photoshop .PSD. MS Word is not a suitable application for poster design. It is essential that you format your document before bringing it to us in any form, as we do not offer design or editing services.
Do you have more questions?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org